Loving Enemies, Even When God Doesn’t
Most Reformed do not think it is their responsibility to love their enemies. They may blow smoke about God’s “ordained” (and thus they think legitimate) nation-state, but the reality is that they are packing guns and ready to kill, and tell you that you are tempting God if you don’t pack guns and kill for your family.
Most of them (except the theonomists) don’t even concern themselves about what standard God judges the nation-state. Many of them talk about a “natural law”, but what is natural and obvious to them is not to other people.
I guess I think the key, both to pacifism and to the duty of loving enemies (Luke 6), is the distinction between God and us humans. We are not God. We have no right to act like God, or as if we were his agents to kill.
This means we can be commanded to do “more” back to them than they would do, without this saying that God is going to love them more than they love God.
I don’t think God loves them at all, at least not our non-elect enemies. God is going to get even, more than that, God is going to destroy them. So the “be ye perfect” (not Luke but Matthew) is a command for us to not discriminate, even though God does discriminate.
God is kind to the “ungrateful and the evil” elect. I am not convinced that God is being kind to the tares, the goats, the non-elect. Rain is not a blessing for them,
Romans 1:32. “Even though they know that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. Having exchanged the true God for a lie, their next sin becomes God’s wrath for their last sin, and God’s wrath is being revealed not only in the future but even now in their sin.
God’s punishing them now, and God will destroy them at the second death.